• Publisher: Fun Com
  • Release Date: Jun 26, 2001
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 39
  2. Negative: 8 out of 39

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Aug 31, 2001
    1
    This game is a joke. Reviews should be based on reality NOT what someone THINKS a game could possibly be sometime in the future. That is ridiculous! AO is completely unplayable in it's current state. Don't listen to the "Everquest" bashers. This game couldn't shine EQ's boots. If you want to play a highly stable, addictive and fun online game, then "Everquest" should This game is a joke. Reviews should be based on reality NOT what someone THINKS a game could possibly be sometime in the future. That is ridiculous! AO is completely unplayable in it's current state. Don't listen to the "Everquest" bashers. This game couldn't shine EQ's boots. If you want to play a highly stable, addictive and fun online game, then "Everquest" should be your purchase not this piece of garbage. Expand
  2. AnonymousMC
    Aug 13, 2001
    2
    Sets the bar lower than ever before for MMORPGs, both for the despicable launch and the incredible number of high priority bugs that are still in the game a month and a half after retail release.

    Then, if you are lucky enough to get past the superficial bugs and actually *play* the game, you'll discover a load of _fundamental_ bugs underneath: -lack of content, -generic
    Sets the bar lower than ever before for MMORPGs, both for the despicable launch and the incredible number of high priority bugs that are still in the game a month and a half after retail release.

    Then, if you are lucky enough to get past the superficial bugs and actually *play* the game, you'll discover a load of _fundamental_ bugs underneath:

    -lack of content,
    -generic architecture in the missions,
    -CLASS IMBALANCES
    -lack of unique items, etc.

    This game is eye candy alone. Don't buy it.
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  3. Sep 29, 2014
    0
    i cant understand how this game hasnt died yet, realy bad looking, and too grindy. filled with bugs. repetitive missions, boring raids, probably wont get the graphics update
  4. Sep 5, 2016
    4
    Attention: There is a chance Funcom will freeze your account and demand image files of yourself, your credit card, and your ID (passport if you have nothing else) as the only solution for you to get your account back, even if there is no issue with your credit card and no suspicious activity on the account. If you're not willing to trust Funcom with your identity, they will keep theAttention: There is a chance Funcom will freeze your account and demand image files of yourself, your credit card, and your ID (passport if you have nothing else) as the only solution for you to get your account back, even if there is no issue with your credit card and no suspicious activity on the account. If you're not willing to trust Funcom with your identity, they will keep the account frozen forever with no alternate solutions. All your time invested in the free account will be lost. There are several discussion threads about this, on Reddit and elsewhere if you want to look them up.

    Some of you may not realize what a huge deal it is to send that kind of personal information to a third party in a foreign country - a company that recently had their forums hacked and is struggling financially. Don't do it. Sending that kind of information to a third party is illegal (for good reason) in some countries, and even if it's not illegal in yours - your proof of identity is more valuable than any game account, and the fact that Funcom wants it so badly even though they could verify your ID in other ways should give you pause.

    For the record: this happened to me, and others. I've had no issues with my credit card ever, I had a different account that was paid without issues with the SAME credit card as the frozen account, and I didn't share the account with anyone nor was there suspicious activity. The fact that one account (by the same player) gets frozen but the second account, played at the same time and paid with the same card, does not, should tell you all you need to know about Funcom's 'security' system.

    Avoid this game if you don't want to risk losing all the time you invested.
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  5. Jan 31, 2018
    1
    I have played Anarchy Online since 2001 and stopped back in 2006 for 8 years because they launched Age of Conan and took all the server bandwidth for that game making AO lag so badly you couldnt do anything worth while. I came back last year as a paying customer in hopes they would have made some major changes but not much has changed. Game still lags, mobs warp and kill you, peopleI have played Anarchy Online since 2001 and stopped back in 2006 for 8 years because they launched Age of Conan and took all the server bandwidth for that game making AO lag so badly you couldnt do anything worth while. I came back last year as a paying customer in hopes they would have made some major changes but not much has changed. Game still lags, mobs warp and kill you, people hacking the game for XP and items, hard to find people for content of your level without being lvl 200+ meaning you will likely have to solo most of the time till then.Sure they added a **** new engine thats so choppy you cant run 2 accounts with it...Sure they added some new solo daily quest you can do that seem to cut off around 175 leaving a 25 level gap to figure out until you can do inferno , s7 or battle station with the higher players. I was so disappointed i canceled both accounts in December and refuse to play again until something changes. Waste of time and money if you ask me. Majorly outdated. Expand
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. It features great graphics, a slightly modified version of "EverQuest's" gameplay model, and lots of frustrating problems. True to its theme, you should only consider playing it in the future.
  2. The communitiy is huge, the forums helpful, and there are no hunts for ennemies around a barren wasteland.
  3. 72
    It's a brilliant, engaging, profound MMORPG, but with enough atrocious technical problems to make you scream more obscenities than a French truck driver.